Boss weapons are unique pieces of equipment across the Dark Souls series, but they are arguably the most tedious to obtain in Dark Souls Remastered. However, there are a great many benefits to acquiring these weapons. If you want to explore all the content the game has to offer, you should consider investing the time and resources into procuring them.
To create a Boss Weapon in Dark Souls Remastered, you must first defeat a Boss to acquire their unique soul. Then upgrade any weapon type to +10 that matches the boss soul’s weapon. Next, take this weapon to the Giant Blacksmith and use the Ascend option to transform it into the desired boss weapon.
In this article, we will go over all the steps necessary to take a standard weapon and morph it into a boss weapon in Dark Souls Remastered.
Gather Boss Souls
As the name implies, defeating bosses is the most crucial step to put you on the path toward crafting these special weapons in Dark Souls Remastered. Most unique bosses you defeat will drop their souls upon their demise, which is the primary ingredient for forging.
Please be aware that you can create multiple different weapons with some of the boss souls, while others can only be transformed into one particular weapon. Depending on which boss souls, getting all the weapons will require defeating the same boss multiple times i.e. in subsequent New Game+.
You need to fully complete the game a minimum of three times to have all the resources to craft all available boss weapons.
As an example, after you defeat Chaos Witch Quelaag you’ll receive Soul of Quelaag, which can be used to craft either Quelaag’s Furysword or Chaos Blade. The choice is yours, and only one can be crafted in a single playthrough.
Find the Giant Blacksmith
The next step to assembling these weapons is locating the Giant Blacksmith NPC. This character is the only smith in the game that can “ascend” weapons with boss souls. Ascending weapon is accessible in the Modify weapons option. Navigate to the second tab in the menu and here you’ll see all the weapons you can transform into a boss weapon.
Unfortunately, he is located in Anor Londo only, which is about halfway through the main game. His room can be found by following the left side of the upper floors of the main cathedral hall in Anor Londo – the massive chamber before the boss fight with Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough.
He sells a variety of titanite stones, which, provided you have a generous amount of souls to purchase them, can help complete the third step.
Upgrade Your Weapons
If you’re familiar with smithing mechanics in Dark Souls Remastered, you know that you need to have a weapon you want to ascend, whether to enchanted, elemental, or boss status.
For a weapon to be eligible to be ascended with a boss soul, it must be upgraded to +10, which requires several regular and large titanite shards, and a trip to Andre the blacksmith in the Undead Parish to ascend the selected weapon past +5.
It’s important to note that the type of weapon is contingent on what you want to get out of the boss’s soul. So, for example, if you take the Soul of Smough and want to craft his great hammer, you will need to ascend any blunt-type weapon (mace, hammer, etc) to +10.
- You can’t use a sword, ax, or any other type of weapon, they have to broadly match what you’re crafting. No need to upgrade these normal weapons beyond +10 otherwise you’ll be wasting the materials.
- There is one big exception to needing to upgrade a weapon to +10 before it can be ascended to boss status. Tools that cannot be upgraded by default, such as staffs or talismans, need only be presented with the corresponding boss soul to create the weapon.
- Remember that even after creating a boss weapon, you’ll still want to upgrade it further (to a maximum of +5) to get the most out of it. They can only be strengthened with Demon Titanite.
That’s how you create boss weapons in Dark Souls Remastered. We know the weapon upgrade system in this game is quite convoluted. With a bit of practice, you’ll be producing weapons of mass destruction with ease.